Researchers from Fort Hays State University, Sterling College, and McPherson College, as well as a variety of volunteers, conducted a Bioblitz at Quivira April 19-20, 2013. The goal was to find and document as many species of plants and animals as possible in a 24-hour period, throughout the Refuge.
Arkansas Darter (Etheostoma cragini) captured during the Bioblitz
Although some groups, like reptiles and insects, were inactive due to temperatures in the 50s and 60s, the event was a great success. Highlights included Porcupine (!), Arkansas Darter, and 108 species of birds.
Click the link here to see the entire list: Bioblitz results: Complete list of species found
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The tallest North American bird, and one of the rarest: now numbering about 600 in the world, there were once as few as 16.